A Guide to Caring for Young Trees in Winter
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A Guide to Caring for Young Trees in Winter

A healthy, vigorous tree can last up to 200 years, making them a part of our history we must protect. Despite the durability and robustness of a developed tree, it needs special attention during the initial two years of growth. Southern Star Stump has a team of professional arborists ready to help your young trees survive winter. Without proper care, the chances of making it through the harsh weather reduce significantly, which is often the case after winter. Trees are a valuable addition to any property, and we can help you make the most out of your investment.

Caring for Young Trees in the Winter

If you live in an area that receives heavy rainfall, excess water can deprive the roots of getting sufficient oxygen. Therefore, the most crucial step is ensuring the developing roots get the essential oxygen they need to grow. You can prevent over-watering by spreading 2-3 inches of mulch around the trunk to slow water absorption in the soil.

Significant temperature changes have devastating effects on newly planted trees, and a little mulch protects the roots and overall well-being of your trees. The extra layer of protection also keeps the roots warm, which helps to enhance protection for your trees. We can recommend the best mulch for your saplings and inspect other trees on the property.

Covering Trees During Winter

Even if snow is unlikely in your area, temperatures can drop to a freezing point, putting your saplings at risk. Another effective solution to keeping your trees safe this winter is covering them to ensure they remain healthy and robust. However, it is advisable to consult a stump grinding service before covering newly planted trees to avoid rookie mistakes that can cause severe damage.

Saplings are usually fine at 35 degrees Celsius and above. Young trees become more susceptible to the cold when temperatures dwindle and hit the lower thirties. It is also essential to onboard a reputable stump removal company to protect your trees from sunscald because of improper covering.

We know how extreme cold can affect different trees, allowing us to take the measures to prevent deterioration. Failing to cover your budding trees in winter has long-term effects like low spring yields and reduced lifespan. You may call a stump removal company sooner than planned to get rid of it.

How to Cover Trees

You need protective material to conserve heat when temperatures decline. Ensure the material is large enough before firmly staking it to the ground to prevent heat loss. We recommend burlap or breathable mesh to ease the ventilation of moisture. Many DIYers opt for heavy plastic bags, which put too much weight on the delicate branches.

We have covered you if you require professional help to prepare for winter. Leverage the expertise of our licensed arborists and standard industry equipment for enhanced safety and efficiency throughout the project. Contact us at Southern Star Stump and schedule a consultation with our professional technicians. We offer a wide range of services at pocket-friendly rates, from planting and pruning to maintenance and stump grinding.